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USAS Planter
ex-USS Planter
ex-CSS Planter

Planter served the Confederate Navy, the U. S. Navy and U.S. Army


  • The first Planter was built at Charleston, SC in 1860
  • Acquired by the Union Navy 14 May 1862
  • Transferred to the Union Army in late 1862
  • Redocumented 17 November 1866
  • Lost by unknown causes 1 July 1876.


  • Displacement 300 t.
  • Length 147'
  • Beam 30'
  • Depth of Hold 7' 10"
  • Draft 3' 9"
  • Armament: One 32-pounder and one short 24 pounder howitzer
  • Propulsion: Steam, side wheeler.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Planter 267k The steamer “Planter” with a load of cotton in Charleston, South Carolina prior to the Civil War
    Photo from the New York Public Library Digital Image Collection
    Bill Gonyo
    Planter 283k Photo from the 14 June 1862 edition of Harper's Weekly from the Library of Congress
    Planter 511k c. 1865
    General Hospital wharf, Hopewell, VA
    Library of Congress photo

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